Voigtländer reviews roundup (in Stock at Amazon!)


0.95 NOKTON a test by Dario Viola from Dario Viola on Vimeo.

Lawrence (Click here) posted his first impressions about the Nokton lens.

A full 50min long video shot completely with the 25mm Nokton lens (Vimeo part one and Vimeo part two).

Voigtländer with Duclos Lenses Cine-Mod (seamless focus gear, 80mm front ring, smooth clickless aperture ring) at Matthewduclos.com.

There is a korean review at Popco. But you can still visit the website to check the graphs and image samples!

In US you can now get the lens at Adorama (Click here) and Amazon (Click here). The best price is at BHphoto (Click here). It’s almost $400 cheaper but sadly never in Stock! Where you can find plenty of lenses is on eBay (Click here).

As you know the Nokton is a manual focusing lens only. If you need af than go for the new Panasonic-Leica 25mm f/1.4! Preorder links at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Olympus US store, FocusCamera, eBay.

  • I just got this lens on Monday, I had been holding out for months hoping for B&H to be in-stock at some point, but it looks like it will never happen- and I totally expect them to raise the price if it ever does come into stock. So I went with someone else unfortunately- at the “going rate.” BUT: I LOVE this lens. The only camera I shot with for about 15 years was a Pentax KX with 50mm f/1.7 lens- the build quality of the Nokton reminds me of old MF lenses, felt pretty nostalgic but in a native mount specifically for µ4/3 cameras way- that I don’t usually get with classic existing lenses/adapter combos. It “feels right.”

    • congratulations with your new lens! i agree that a direct/native mount has it advantages, i am havin trouble with my metabones adapter for my nokton 1.1; the M mount-side uses very weak steel blades to keep the lens fixed, this prob works with small/light lenses but with the nokton it shows alot of flex of which i can see the effect through the lens…too bad the 50mm is not available in native mount, i just ordered another adapter which doesn’t use the springblade system, hopes that one will solve the problem.

      • Mr. Reeee

        I have a Rainbow Imaging adaptor on my Nokton 35mm f1.4 and it’s quite good and pretty much disappears. It was cheap enough (around $20 with shipping) to just leave on the lens.

    • Mr. Reeee

      Absolutely! What a fantastic lens! It feels very much like a Pentax SMC Takumar lens (I have a 50mm f1.4 and 105mm f2.8). It’s creamy smooth, solid and real. I have a hard time getting very excited about plastic lenses.

      I pre-ordered the Voigtländer 25mm in early February and finally got mine in the beginning of July (for original price, too). It was worth the wait. Reading about and seeing images from this lens made me go with M4/3.

      Since you love the 25mm Nokton, you should check out the Nokton 35mm f1.4 and 40mm f1.4 lenses. I have the 35mm and is also extremely nice and quite small, too!

      • Actually I’ve been contemplating the 40mm f1.4, instead of a maybe-eventual Olympus 45mm f1.8, I do love me some manual focusing!

        I really like my Panasonic 20mm f1.7… but I would never manual-focus with it. It’s that focus by wire I have problems with, always felt strange, and lack of aperture ring too was disconcerting. I still use the 20mm a LOT, but the Nokton totally fills a void I’ve been feeling with my µ4/3 lenses.

        • Yeah, i hear you – manual focusing with the 20mm is a pain in the @ss. I wish Olympus keeps the trend of adding a proper manual focus mechanism (and focus scale) such as what they have done with the 12mm.

        • Mr. Reeee

          I was torn between the 35mm and 40mm. 35mm (M4/3 crop) looks like 1:1 to me (what my eye sees is about the same size as what the lens sees) and it fits pretty well between the 25mm and 50mm.

          I’d take the Nokton 40mm f1.4 over the Oly 45mm f1.8. It’s really small besides and a real pleasure to use!

          Yeah, I prefer manual focus by far! The 20mm is my go-to lens when I don’t want to MF or am in a situation where MF doesn’t work too well.

          • I found that I liked manual focusing much more than i’d expected, and I feel it forces me to get more in touch with the subject and the surrounding environment, its hard to explain. Not for every situation, but when you feel like it, its a great exercise.

            The biggest drawback for me has been dealing with the GF1 LCD, sometimes I feel like its not enough to really achieve critical focus – particularly under sunlight.

            Reeee, what’s your experience? Are you using an EVF? If so, has it dramatically changed the shooting experience?

            • I had a similar problem when doing mf on my e-p1 via the lcd..my inbetween solution for that setup was adding a zacuto viewfinder on the screen which made the e-p1 huge, focusing got better but still not optimal due to the lowres lcd. Now i have an e-p2 with the vf-2, i can assure you that its quite a difference!

  • Duarte Bruno

    Nice rendering, great bokeh, but the focus breathing isn’t very nice…

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